Hello! Hope you are well and enjoyed the Mothers & Daughters event at QVC this week? My blog is all about my (and your!) mum…..
I wrote a piece about my mum last year which so many people enjoyed, so here is another chance to read it. To add something new I have added some more recent photos and also included some comments from you about your mums.
Do feel free to post a comment and do give your mum a mention if you would like to as well.
To all mums past and present – Happy Mother's Day!!
I love my mum.
I know everyone, if they are lucky enough to still have their mum, says this and for me it's every bit as true.
Carol Sylvia Jordan was born on 19th January 1951 in Mumbles, South Wales. Even though her family moved to Bristol when she was just 13 she is still a Welsh Girl at heart and she has the happy, positive, loving nature that I have found so many Welsh people to have. I love hearing about her childhood, the little house she grew up in near the coast and how and her two brothers would get up to all sorts of adventures.
As a girl she loved her dancing, school and her beloved cocker spaniel Sandy, then after moving to Bristol as a teenager she got really interested in fashion. Her first job was at In-Scene, the first mainstream fashion boutique in Bristol, that then became Chelsea Girl and is now TopShop! As well as summers travelling and working in different jobs that would take her to places like Newquay, she also worked in hotels and was a fantastically skilled at silver service, a skill she has tried to teach me many times to no avail!!
She met my dad Ainsley when she was 20, they met in a night club. Still a fan of dancing and with a great sense of rhythm I am guessing their eyes met across the dancefloor and of course, that's where the next stage of her life began.
After a period of 'courting' (can you believe they used to call it that!) she fell pregnant with her first child, little ole me. Of course she was happy but at the same time faced several challenges, not only because mixed race couples were rare at that time but also because she and my dad didn't live together and didn't have the money to get a place together, and neither set of parents were prepared to have them live at their houses.
So, for the first couple of months of my life, I had to be put into foster care. For a while it looked like the only option would be to have me adopted but my mum battled with the authorites and was determined for this would not happen. After seeking several solutions my parents were able to move in with another family member and not long after we had a our first family home. I am so proud of my mum for battling like this, in a time where the odds were against her. I often think how different my life would have been had she not had that determination. As I write this a tear is streaming down my face.
So, together now as a family my mum gave me and later my sister Elovene a wonderful childhood. She was supportive, loving and always made me feel safe. As a teenager she supported me through my love of acting and theatre and would always do her best to help me with my studies. Talking of studies, this is something that in her late 30's she revisited, not satisfied with just the factory and shop work she was doing, she took herself to college and took GCSEs in Maths & English, passing with flying colours. This was about the same time that she became a local celebrity as Asda's checkout girl of the year – her wonderful, friendly nature had been recognised by the huge employer.
She then got her first office job in a business environment working for Natwest, then Green Flag, now RBS where she still works, even though she could retire she likes to work and does 3 days a week.
Our relationship now is as strong as it has ever been, we travel together, we spend time together when I go back to Bristol and we speak on the phone at least a couple of times a week. She is a great mum to me and my sister Ellie, a great grandmother to Jasmine and new baby Ruby and a wonderful wife to my dad Ainsley. She is also very much loved by the rest of the family and her friends, known for her humour, her upbeat personality and looking on the bright side of life….. ummm I think I know somebody else like that!
Hope you like the photos, they show my mum at different stages of her life and at some very proud moments from her 60th birthday Caribbean cruise, to her speech as mother of the bride, to the proud mum of baby Craig.
I love my mum.
HIGHLIGHT OF TIME WITH MY MUM: this has to be the Carribean Cruise we did for my mum's 60th birthday (click here to read the full blog), spending 10 days together as a family and seeing my mum spoilt rotten was sheer joy.
FAVOURITE PRODUCT GIVEN/RECEIVED BY/TO MUM: I gave her a beautiful silver Diamonique heart necklace on the first night of the cruise, she still wears it and I feel so proud that she wears it all the time. For my 40th her & my sister bought me a stunning silver Tiffany ring, it means so much to me.
HAPPY THOUGHT FOR MY MUM: thank you for all that you have done for me mum & for being so inspirational and supporitve in all that I have done. I can't wait for us to have more adventures together and I send you all my love. Happy Mothers Day xx
As well as those, a recent highlight was time I spent with mum in Bristol, here we are at the Clfiton Suspension Bridge having a laugh and enjoying each other's company…
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Finally, I did ask you to send me comments of your mum and I have chosen a few that really struck a cord with me and you can read them below.
Sharon Harvey – 'My mum is my cheerleader, my guide and my inspiration! And if I'm half as good a mum to my boys as she has been to me then happy days all round!!!'
Kylie – 'My best friend is a mum to a severely disabled child and watching her being a mum to this child really shows how being a mum is taken to another level. Seeing her with her son really does make me stop and smell the roses!'
Steve – 'I'm one of 5 so she had a busy time when we were growing up but she did a great job. She now sadly has a few illnesses but always stays positive and is always there for us and her grandchildren.'
Andrew – 'My mother is an amazing woman, she travels every two weeks to see her son from Leeds to Glasgow, she is a carer for her daughter and has her own health issues, but never does she ever do anything for herself, she doesn't recognise her own worth but would be nice for her to see that.'
GreenGekko1993 (on twitter) – 'My mum's 1 in a million, she looks after me, I have autism, and my sis has depression, and our dad has bad health issues. A fantastic mum, she never complains, she puts us all first before herself, we love her to bits.'
Thanks so much for reading this and as ever, I'd love to know your 3 things of the week and if you would like to talk about someone important to you other than your mum, I would love to read it.
Much love and Happy Mother's Day to all the mums among you.